Furniture collection by Messgewand

Messgewand makes maximalist furniture from waste and found objects

Designers Romain Coppin and Alexis Bondoux, who collaborate as Messgewand, have created a collection of surreal furniture made from collages of found objects.

's collection of 10 pieces of furniture offers an alternative to highly polished products most designers develop for mass production.

Furniture collection by Messgewand

爱博体育官网Coppin and Bondoux, who met nine years ago while studying in France, favour an experimental creative approach.

Their latest collection of works was created during a month-long residency at – an atelier in the Belgian municipality of Zaventem that supports young artists and designers experimenting with new approaches to craft.

Furniture collection by Messgewand

For the residency at ALFA, the designers created ten pieces of furniture using materials including wood, metal, foam and plastic gathered from the atelier's workshop.

They also sourced discarded furniture and objects from a flea market and secondhand store in nearby Brussels, which they used to produce pieces described as "a new step in the exploration of our process of collage."

Furniture collection by Messgewand

爱博体育官网"It took us almost two weeks to collect stuff and sort them out properly in the workshop," Bondoux and Coppin told Dezeen.

"After that, we started to compose things from this stock by testing combinations and contrasts, then we added ornamentation, paint, surface work and decoration details."

Furniture collection by Messgewand

The designers explained that their creative process is informed by the physical and aesthetic properties of the materials they use in their collages.

They combine these materials intuitively in ways that prompt the viewer to reconsider their perceived value.

Furniture collection by Messgewand

爱博体育官网"We are totally influenced by the ideas of maximalism, over materiality, and over decoration," they added.

"These are the main tools we use to produce furniture or objects and to propose our personal investigation of the design field."

Furniture collection by Messgewand

爱博体育官网The pieces are intentionally ambiguous and often unfinished.

They suggest that the different stages of the design process – ideating, sketching, drawing, modelling – can be viewed as potential endpoints as an alternative to production-ready objects.

Furniture collection by Messgewand

"We have a fascination for aesthetic ambiguity, our work is trying to be constantly in between, always oscillating between sacred and cheap, where cheap is often a pedestal for the sacred," claimed Messgewand.

"In our quest of radicality, this relation is helping us to mix mass culture and avant-garde in our projects."

Furniture collection by Messgewand

The works created at ALFA formed the designers' first solo show exhibited at in Antwerp from December 2019 to January 2020.

Everyday Gallery founder Boris Devis set up the residency programme at ALFA to help a new group of avant-garde designers whose work crosses over into the realm of art.

Furniture collection by Messgewand

爱博体育官网Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Anna Aagaard Jensen is also represented by Everyday Gallery.

Her project titled A Basic Instinct comprises flesh-coloured chairs with anthropomorphic forms, which encourage women to claim more space with their bodies.

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